Christopher Scott Kyle (widely known as Chris Kyle) is the Navy SEAL marksman whose bestselling autobiography,American Sniper, was optioned into a Hollywood blockbuster of the same name. The legendarymilitary hero envisioned and inspired the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF). Learn about the renowned sniper’s story, as well as the mission and achievements of CKFF here.
Kyle was born in 1974 in Odessa, Texas, where he and his brother learned to raise cattle and shoot guns at a young age. At 8 years old, Kyle got hisfirst rifle and spent time hunting quail, pheasants, and deer with his father.
After high school, he took up professional bronco riding. Shortly after, he sustained a serious arm injury and had to quit. Following his brief rodeo career, Kyle studied Range and Ranch Management at Tarleton State University.
In 1999, he was recruited to the Navy. Although he was turned away at first because of pins in his arm from his previous injury, Kyle was admitted into a 24-week basic training program and graduated with the Navy SEALs of Class 233. Afterward, he was selected among many other recruits to undergosniper training.
During his time in the military, he served four tours of duty in Iraq. Known as “the Legend,” Kyle is uncontested as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history. He had 255 kills, 160 of which were confirmed by the Department of Defense. This broke the previous sniper record of 109.
Kyle loved his country and was dedicated to protecting both the troops and American citizens back home. He’s recognized for his precision, speed, and meticulous lethal sniper technique.
After a decade of service, Kyle was honorably discharged and returned home to his wife,Taya Kyle, and their two children. During his first couple of years back, he wroteAmerican Sniper (the book) and served as president of Craft International, which trained law enforcement and military members. As a military veteran, Chris Kyle was focused on spending time with his family and on helping other service members with post traumatic stress disorder while home. This included his friend, Chad Littlefield and another veteran Eddie Ray Routh. What happened to Chris Kyle and why is he no longer with us?
In 2013, Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were fatally shot by fellow veteran Eddie Ray Routh at a shooting range in Glen Rose, Texas. At the time of the tragic incident, Kyle was just 38 years old. In 2015, a jury found Routh guilty of both murders, and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
After Kyle’s passing, his legacy as an American hero lives on through theChris Kyle Frog Foundation. While he was still alive, Chris and Taya Kyle devised ideas to give back and, ultimately, better the nation. Prior to his death, the freedom fighter had begun drafting a vision for CKFF. The American Sniper Chris Kyle wanted to create the Frog Foundation to help military families and military personnel dealing with the aftermath of war, including reintegrating back into civilian life.
Taya Kyle launched CKFF in 2015 to pay tribute to her late husband’s story and ensure that his dreams of giving back would come to fruition. With a first-hand perspective on the challenges military families face, she was determined to support those in need.
Thenonprofit organization offers programming, events, grants, and other resources to military members, first responders, and their families. Programs include date night events, couples retreats, spouses retreats, and relationship coaching.
Revitalization Retreat: As CKFF’s flagship program,Revitalization Retreat was inspired by Taya and Chris Kyle’s marriage. At the weekend-long getaway, couples are encouraged to connect with each other while relaxing and recharging. The program includes up to five sessions with a licensed couples counselor, which can be used before and after the retreat to help them strengthen their relationship for the long-term.
Date Night Out:The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation’sDate Night Out gives first response and military couples a chance to get out and connect with each other. The program includes events to attend and childcare coordination for a stress-free evening away from home.
Empowered Spouses Retreat:At the weekend-longEmpowered Spouses Retreat, service spouses have the opportunity to connect with other spouses while relaxing in nature and trying new activities.
Mastering Your Marriage:CKFF’sMastering Your Marriage program provides relationship coaching with a unique approach. With their partners, veterans and first responders are offered practical tools and exercises designed to help their marriages thrive.
CKFF’s mission is to help the communities in which these people live and serve by providing them with the camaraderie and resources they need to strengthen their relationships. Since 2015, Tanya Kyle and the team at CKFF have been satisfying her late husband’s vision. The life-changing programs have impactednearly 3,000 individuals in military and first responder communities.
To respect Kyle’s legacy and celebrate his story, Affliction is proud to introduce ourCKFF collection. The line is inspired by theChris Kyle Frog Foundation, meaning each piece pays tribute to the American war hero. When you browse the collection, you’ll findmen’s Chris Kyle short-sleeve t-shirts that nod to his bravery andwomen’s Chris Kyle tees featuring embellished patriotic lettering and imagery.
If you’re moved by the legendary Navy SEAL’s story, shop Affliction’s Chris Kyle Foundation line today.
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